The Federal Government says no to Private Prisons, for profit Charter Schools should be next

Last year the Federal Government started going after for
profit colleges, pointing out they don’t do as well and man were little more
than scams. This past week we can add for profit prisons to the list.
From NPR:

U.S.
Justice Department officials plan to phase out their use of private prisons to
house federal inmates, reasoning that the contract facilities offer few
benefits for public safety or taxpayers. 

In making the decision, Deputy Attorney General Sally
Yates cited new findings by the Justice Department’s inspector general, who
concluded earlier this month that a pool of 14 privately contracted prisons
reported more incidents of inmate contraband, higher rates of assaults and more
uses of force than facilities run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

“They simply do not provide the same level of
correctional services, programs and resources; they do not save substantially
on costs; and … they do not maintain the same level of safety and
security,” Yates wrote in a memo Thursday. 

I am not going to say there aren’t good charter schools, to
do so would be disingenuous. However in my hometown of Jacksonville Florida,
the good ones have set up in neighborhoods that already have great schools. There
is not one charter school that serves poor communities of color that is doing
better than the nearby public schools. But there they are dozens of charter
schools allowed to exist that are either doing a poor job of that are making
their owners rich.

The reasons that the federal government said no to private
prisons could be said about charter schools.

Also from NPR:  

U.S. Department
of Education officials plan to phase out their use of charter schools,
reasoning that the contract facilities offer few benefits for public school students
or taxpayers. 

In making the decision, Nadya Chinoy Dabby, Assistant
Deputy Secretary, Office of Innovation and Improvement
cited new findings by the Department of Education
inspector general, who concluded earlier this month that a pool of 14 privately
contracted charters reported more incidents of closures, suspensions, students
leaving mid-year, lower test scores on the NEAP and accounting problems, and financial
irregularities, than facilities run by local school boards. 

“They simply do not provide the same level of educational services, programs and resources; they do not save substantially
on costs; and … they do not maintain the same level of safety and Education,”
Dabby wrote in a memo Thursday. 

Did
you see what I did there?

The
concept of charters is an attractive one as I am sure private prisons was to
some, but both of their realities have turned into nightmares for too many.

One Reply to “The Federal Government says no to Private Prisons, for profit Charter Schools should be next”

  1. youtube.com/watch?v=l_htSPGAY7I

    This video is from John Oliver, and it perfectly displays why I am cautious about most charter schools.

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